MovieFIX

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Rating Title/Year Author
4.5/5 The Departed (2006) Kerry Bashford The Departed is a near-perfect synthesis of cinematic genius and commercial appeal, quite possibly the most accomplished and accessible film from one of the greatest living directors. EDIT
Posted Jan 25, 2015
4/5 12 Years a Slave (2013) Yury Glikin Whilst 12 Years may lack the grandiose scale of Amistad, McQueen's ability to extract tension and provide insight into the evil nature of men during a dark period in America's history, makes for compelling viewing. EDIT
Posted Jan 13, 2015
4/5 Le week-end (2013) Grant McAvaney Le Week-End takes a subject looked at by many, and presents an engaging and original story that many who come before have failed to achieve. EDIT
Posted Jan 6, 2015
4.5/5 20,000 Days on Earth (2014) Grant McAvaney Like his live performances and recorded works, the tortured dark figure and the aesthetics of the film bring together an intriguing three-dimensional mythological scrapbook. EDIT
Posted Jan 5, 2015
4/5 Gone Girl (2014) Grant McAvaney The performances all round are of a high calibre, with Pike impressively handling the burden of some very difficult scenes. EDIT
Posted Jan 4, 2015
4.5/5 X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) Dale Rolfe X-Men: Days of Future Past has finally found the sense of humour that has been missing from the recent instalments in the series. EDIT
Posted Jan 2, 2015
4/5 In Bruges (2008) Val Roman A cleverly written and humorous script by renowned playwright and director Martin McDonagh, together with outstanding performances by Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes, results in one very brilliant film. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2014
4.5/5 Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) Mark Beirne Part comedy, part romance and part crime caper, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is one of the most entertaining and original films of the year. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2014
3/5 Bad Santa (2003) Dani Haski It might just make a few hardhearted cynics feel a warm fuzzy for the holidays. EDIT
Posted Dec 14, 2014
4/5 Enchanted (2007) Christopher Whitmore Warm, funny and delightfully nostalgic, this is a must-watch this Christmas for the whole family. EDIT
Posted Dec 10, 2014
5/5 Shrek 2 (2004) Kerry Bashford Shrek 2 is as much of a shriek as the original and if they keep putting out films as charming as this one, we'll all live happily ever after. EDIT
Posted Dec 6, 2014
3.5/5 The Railway Man (2013) Grant McAvaney The film adaptation of Eric Lomax's autobiographical The Railway Man delivers a superbly acted and impactful true story. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2013
4/5 Philomena (2013) Yury Glikin Lovingly crafted and beautifully told, Philomena is one of this year's highlights. EDIT
Posted Dec 23, 2013
3.5/5 Warm Bodies (2013) Yasmin Vought If you love the un-dead humour of Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead, but want an Edward Scissorhands-meets-Romeo and Juliet style romance on the side - then this is the film for you. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2013
3/5 Trouble With the Curve (2012) Yasmin Vought A frustrating yet heart-warming film that misses the mark due to a predictable and dated script, not to mention the poor performances from the supporting cast. EDIT
Posted Dec 7, 2012
4/5 Skyfall (2012) Yasmin Vought Skyfall succeeds in providing epic escapism with just the right balance of action, art-house aesthetics and melodrama. EDIT
Posted Nov 14, 2012
4/5 Frankenweenie (2012) Grant McAvaney Despite the gothic elements and macabre adult themes, Frankenweenie is more light than dark and more humorous than droll, with Burton cleverly tempering cold colouring with a warm soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2012
4/5 Argo (2012) Yury Glikin The only real criticism, surprisingly, is Affleck. Perhaps the time has come to think about spending more time behind the camera rather than in front of it. EDIT
Posted Oct 25, 2012
2/5 To Rome With Love (2012) Dale Rolfe Woody Allen's sudsy ode to Rome, while joyful and amusing, rings hollow. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2012
2/5 Savages (2012) Savages is a hot mess - beautiful actors and locations mixed with a plot that starts strong but ultimately turns into a snooze-fest. With a lead villain seemingly ripped from the cover of Cosmo magazine, Stone's latest flick savagely disappoints. EDIT
Posted Oct 18, 2012
3.5/5 Killing Them Softly (2012) Grant McAvaney While partially empty and mostly cynical, Killing Them Softly is still a solidly produced and visually enjoyable film. EDIT
Posted Oct 12, 2012
2/5 Taken 2 (2012) The issue here is still the threat of a child being raped and murdered just sits uneasily in contrast to jokey situations about that daughter starting to date. EDIT
Posted Oct 4, 2012
3.5/5 On the Road (2012) Adam Bub For the most part, On The Road is on the right track. All it needs is slightly more direction. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4/5 Looper (2012) Adam Bub Looper is a dark, violent and surprisingly intelligent edge-of-your-seat thriller with a similar feel to sci-fi trips like Inception and In Time. EDIT
Posted Sep 27, 2012
4/5 Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) Dom Phillips Dreamworks have outdone themselves with the glorious 3D rendering in Madagascar 3, especially with the circus scenes, accompanied by the modern dance-pop soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Sep 13, 2012
3/5 Kath & Kimderella (2012) There's nothing to lure newcomers, but fans, for the most part, are in for a toot-sweet treat. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2012
3/5 The Expendables 2 (2012) Yury Glikin The Expendables 2 may not win any awards and will probably never be used in any university movie courses, but if you are in the mood for some good old-fashioned American action - then strap yourself in. EDIT
Posted Aug 30, 2012
2/5 Total Recall (2012) Dom Phillips With the closing credits, memory erasure is guaranteed. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2012
3.5/5 Hope Springs (2012) Brad Gray Hope Springs ultimately showcases two masters at the top of their game - Streep and Jones. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2012
3.5/5 The Bourne Legacy (2012) The Bourne Legacy is a solid, if slightly underwhelming, return for the franchise. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2012
3.5/5 The Sapphires (2012) Adam Bub The Sapphires is often laugh-out-loud funny, constantly entertaining, and close to being a great Australian classic. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2012
3.5/5 The Campaign (2012) Grant McAvaney The Campaign won't change the world, but it gets my vote as a solid commercial comedy that will give you a few laughs. EDIT
Posted Aug 10, 2012
4/5 Cosmopolis (2012) Grant McAvaney Don't listen to the haters -- this linguistically complex and eloquently dark film is much more clever than pretentious. EDIT
Posted Aug 2, 2012
4.5/5 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Adam Bub A keen knowledge of the events of the past films is required, but Nolan skilfully weaves the strands together in spectacular fashion so that the final result leaves you gripped to the seat long after the film has finished. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2012
4/5 Not Suitable for Children (2012) Adam Bub Despite some contrived plot points (the convenient pay-to-get-in house parties, for one), Not Suitable for Children is more than suitable because it doesn't treat viewers like children. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2012
4/5 The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Grant McAvaney The Amazing Spider-Man proves that modern-day mythology is alive and well, and will be enjoyed by comic-book nerds - I mean, aficionados - and other punters alike. EDIT
Posted Jul 5, 2012
4/5 Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) Dom Phillips Not much of a drift away from what has been done before, Ice Age 4 remains on its initial solid ground. EDIT
Posted Jun 29, 2012
4/5 Brave (2012) Clarissa Meffan Although Pixar purists may not approve, Brave is a wonderful family movie and still a great example of what Pixar does best - smart dialogue and amazing animation with lots of heart. EDIT
Posted Jun 21, 2012
2.5/5 Prometheus (2012) Brad Gray After an encouraging start the film too hastily descends into a contrived jumble of fiction, burdened by undertows of faith, mankind's origins and what it means to be human. EDIT
Posted Jun 6, 2012
3/5 Men in Black 3 (2012) Brad Gray The franchise is no doubt a little dated, yet Will Smith's first film since 2008's Seven Pounds is a likable dose of brain-neuralising entertainment. EDIT
Posted May 23, 2012
3.5/5 The Dictator (2012) Grant McAvaney The Dictator is a genuinely funny and entertaining film. EDIT
Posted May 17, 2012
2.5/5 The Woman in Black (2012) Adam Bub Radcliffe holds it together with a virtually wordless, but still expressive performance. EDIT
Posted May 15, 2012
3.5/5 Dark Shadows (2012) Adam Bub Visually stunning and delightfully bawdy, Dark Shadows is worth its return from the grave. EDIT
Posted May 8, 2012
4.5/5 Marvel's the Avengers (2012) Adam Bub Something remarkable: a superhero movie that entertains, excites, explodes, and even takes time to examine itself, and the world in which we live in. EDIT
Posted Apr 20, 2012
2.5/5 Battleship (2012) Grant McAvaney Think 'Kaboom!' (or any generic explosion descriptor) and you'll accurately epitomise the latest Hollywood end-of-the-world big-screen blockbuster, the two hours of noise known as Battleship. EDIT
Posted Apr 11, 2012
3.5/5 Wrath of the Titans (2012) Richelle Jackson It's a rollicking ride with some of the best use of 3D that I've seen since Avatar. EDIT
Posted Mar 30, 2012
3.5/5 Mirror Mirror (2012) Brad Gray Snow White and the Huntsman is due to be released in June and although the expectations are greater, Mirror Mirror has thrown down the gauntlet. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2012
3/5 Dr. Seuss' the Lorax (2012) Clarissa Meffan The Lorax is perfectly pitched for children. But for adults, and especially fans of the book, the glossiness and clunky songs are a bit too much to take, and ironically give a synthetic feel to a story that preaches the opposite. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2012
3/5 A Dangerous Method (2011) Richelle Jackson All in all, this film is impressive: the attention to detail in the costuming is wonderful, the lighting is brilliant, and the cinematography is gorgeous. EDIT
Posted Mar 28, 2012
4.5/5 The Hunger Games (2012) Adam Bub It's rightly one of the big-ticket cinematic events of the year - don't miss it. EDIT
Posted Mar 21, 2012